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by Ian Shires on 21 June, 2018 Yesterday saw the first meeting of Walsall’s new Tory Cabinet which came to power amidst the controversial use of the Mayor’s casting vote on who should run the Council at the Annual Council meeting at the end of May. If you had blinked you’d have missed it. In […]

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One in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, new research by Unicef has revealed. The charity found 4.5 million children – including 270,000 babies under one – are living in the UK’s most toxic air zones. Nearly three-quarters of the local authorities with the largest […]

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Victory declared for ‘upskirting’ Bill

by danielbarker on 21 June, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have declared victory in their bid to make ‘upskirting’ a specific criminal offence.Following Tory MP Christopher Chope’s shocking move to block Wera Hobhouse’s Bill last week, the Justice Minister met Wera Hobhouse this afternoon and, on behalf of the Government, agreed to take her Bill through Parliament. Wera said: “I’m very happy […]

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There is ‘little difference’ between academies and local authority schools when it comes to performance, according to an education think tank. A new study by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found that the type of school is less important in determining performance than the group the school is in. In March 2016 the Department […]

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Every home and business in the UK could be set to add another recycling bin to their collection as recycling costs skyrocket. Research by the Uks waste management agency, BusinessWaste.co.uk, shows that the cost of sorting ‘dry mixed recycling’ (DMR) materials in the UK is rising, meaning households will see yet another bin added to […]

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DWP under fire over Universal Credit

by danielbarker on 18 June, 2018

Auditors have heavily criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the design and implementation of Universal Credit. The National Audit Office (NAO) found £1.9bn has been spent on the project to date and there were 113,000 late payments of new claims last year as the programme was piloted. Approximately a quarter of all […]

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Now Theresa’s got a magic money tree!

by danielbarker on 18 June, 2018

I seem to be using a lot of old expressions lately, and here’s another one – if you can’t beat them, join them! Theresa, obviously deciding she won’t be beating Labour at the next election, has decided to join them in promising money for things without saying where it’s coming from. Oh she did mention […]

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Church groups provide health care and community services worth £3bn a year, according to a new report. The Cinnamon Network says the findings show there should be greater partnership working between the Church and the NHS. It found there are more than 3,500 churches and 200,000 volunteers working on health and social care initiatives. The […]

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Welfare restrictions are forcing young people into homelessness despite recent Government reforms, charity says. A survey by the homelessness charity Centrepoint found that local authorities supported the principles underpinning Whitehall’s flagship Homelessness Reduction Act. However, it also revealed that welfare restrictions were preventing many young people from being able to rent in the private sector. […]

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Chaos in the Commons / words of wisdom

by danielbarker on 14 June, 2018

Chaos has ruled in the Commons over the past couple of days, with both Labour and the Conservatives hopelessly split over how to vote on Brexit matters. All this time spent on this mess when they should be getting on with the real business of government – sorting out the national crisis in social care, […]

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